Game of Glendon: A Satire on Campus Politics in Anticipation of the Eighth Season of Game of Thrones
I’m excited for April for two reasons: the completion of my undergraduate degree and the much-anticipated season finale of Game of Thrones. In the wake of Doug Ford’s attack on post-secondary student funding (and francophone education as a whole, but I digress), I have been jokingly warning my Glendon underclassmen that “Winter is coming,” or that “The night is dark and full of debt.” All jokes aside, our situation is pretty dire and I hope you can laugh along with my nerdy-yet-grim sense of humor.
I’ll let you decide for yourselves who the Starks, Lannisters, and Targaryens are on campus. In the Westeros of our student politics, campus clubs squabble for power, student engagement and most of all, funding. Of course, as this semester winds down, we are all preoccupied with the question of “Who will sit on the Iron Throne?” But alas, there are much bigger problems on our hands as the Night King, Doug Ford, is coming for us all (not to be over-dramatic).
Taking into consideration the incoming and infamous Student Choice Initiative, all these campus politics seem so irrelevant. For most student clubs and levy organizations, a “Sink or Swim” mentality has taken over. I find that my questions for next year at Glendon match the ones I have for next season of Game of Thrones: Will everyone band together to fight against the incoming threat of the Night King? It certainly seems like the only viable way for everyone to survive. But have relationships between student clubs become so tarnished that no one can work together?
If one thing’s for certain, I think we might all predict that everything will change for next year and next season. It’s not possible to know who will survive the winter.
But I hope that the good will win in the end.